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Staff Sergeant (Sep.) Leo Makelky was working for Douglas Aircraft in California when he heard about the attacks on Pearl Harbor and instantly knew what he had to do. With the hope it would finally be his chance to get up in an airplane, the World War II veteran enlisted in 1943, one of the most difficult times for aircrews in the war. Although the missions were almost put to a stop because so many had been lost, the threat did not deter Makelky from following his dream to fly. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Aaron D. Allmon)
160516-F-ZZ999-019.JPG Photo By: Tech. Sgt. Aaron D. Allmon

May 17, 2016
San Antonio - Staff Sergeant (Sep.) Leo Makelky was working for Douglas Aircraft in California when he heard about the attacks on Pearl Harbor and instantly knew what he had to do. With the hope it would finally be his chance to get up in an airplane, the World War II veteran enlisted in 1943, one of the most difficult times for aircrews in the war. Although the missions were almost put to a stop because so many had been lost, the threat did not deter Makelky from following his dream to fly. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Aaron D. Allmon)


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